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air traffic control: air traffic between Kashmir and the rest of the country remains affected for the second day

Air traffic between Kashmir and the rest of the country remained affected for the second day in a row on Wednesday due to bad weather, with intermittent snowfall being reported in most parts of the valley in the past 24 hours, have officials said here. “Flight operations were not possible at Srinagar airport today due to bad weather. Four flights have been canceled so far,” a senior Indian Airport Authority official told PTI. He said the resumption of air traffic would depend on weather conditions.

It has been snowing intermittently in most parts of the valley over the past few days, but the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway is open to car traffic, a traffic department official said.

He said motorists had been urged to exercise caution when driving on the national highway due to the snowfall.

The suspension of air traffic has resulted in hundreds of tourists being stranded in the valley.

Tourism department officials said a good number of tourists have arrived in Kashmir to celebrate the New Year and are planning to return home now.

The snowfall brought warmer-than-expected nights in the valley, but the meteorologist predicted colder days for the next two days.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 0.8 degrees Celsius, down from 0.6 degrees Celsius the night before, officials said.

Gulmarg, the famous ski resort in northern Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 4 degrees Celsius, down from 5 degrees Celsius the night before.

Officials said Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius, down from minus 1.2 degrees Celsius the night before.

They said Qazigund, the gateway city to the valley, recorded a low of 0.8 degrees Celsius, while the neighboring southern Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of 0.1 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in Kupwara in northern Kashmir has settled down to a low of zero degrees Celsius.

The MET office has forecast a generalized period of moderate to heavy snow / rain until January 8. Heavy snowfall is also expected in some places during the period, he said.

The Kashmir Valley is currently in the grip of the harshest 40-day winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’, which began on December 21.

“Chilla-i-Kalan” is a time when a cold snap grips the area and the temperature drops dramatically causing water bodies to freeze, including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply pipes. water in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are most frequent and greatest during this period and most areas, especially in the higher stretches, receive heavy to very heavy snowfall.

The ‘Chillai Kalan’ will end on January 31, but the cold spell continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20 day ‘Chillai Khurd’ (little cold) and a 10 day ‘Chillai Bachha’ (baby cold)) .